Keith Nichols Cotton Club Orchestra

Syncopated Jamboree

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Pianist Keith Nichols successfully brings back the sound, spirit and style of 1920s jazz on this enjoyable CD. His "Cotton Club Orchestra" is an 11-piece group with the most notable players being trumpeter Bent Persson, Claude Jacobi on clarinet, alto and tenor, violinist Mike Piggott and Nichols himself. The emphasis is on obscurities that have rarely been revived, and Nichols' arrangements fit into the era's music without being derivative or merely copies of the original record. Highlights include "Kansas City Kitty," "Blazin'," "She's a Great, Great Girl," "Sunshine," "'Deed I Do" and "Bessie Couldn't Help It." Easily recommended to fans of vintage jazz and dance music styles.